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By Mark I. Pinsky
Religion News Service
Sometimes the combination works spectacularly, marrying a religious base with a significant crossover audience. When the chemistry is right, shows built around faith and divine intervention land in the ratings Top Ten year after year, and earn numerous Emmys.
For some reason, audiences have no problem when God, faith and religion are regular elements of animated comedies such as “The Simpsons, »
- Jahnabi Barooah
We're all aware that many people in Hollywood share an uncanny resemblance. We're not about to rattle off some tired list of celebrity twins. Instead, we take things up a notch with Hollywood Doppelgänger Math, a new series from GeekTyrant that is sure to change the way you look at actors and the roles they play. To make the cut, a person has to look like the sum of at least two other people. For this first collection, we focused on equations that resulted in young and/or up-and-coming actors. We have also included a list of other connections the actors share.
All three have played secondary love interests in popular sitcoms; Amy Adams in The Office, Alison Brie in Community, and Alexandra Daddario in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Both Adams and Brie have played sisters to characters portrayed by Emily Blunt; Adams in Sunshine Cleaners and Brie in The Five-Year Engagement. »
- Eli Reyes
The subject of of God is a tricky one. You never know when you’re going to insult someone with your religious or spiritual viewpoints. The syrupy show Touched by an Angel is basically about the existence of a higher power and three humanoid angels sent by God to intervene when problems arise. It is a thought-provoking show which tackled some tough issues but each episode always ended the same way, positively. The seventh season is now out on DVD and for fans of both the series and family-friendly entertainment in general may rejoice.
The premise of Touched by an Angel is simple. It is about three angels, Monica (Roma Downey), Tess (Della Reese) and Andrew (John Dye), who travel to Earth to help guide troubled individuals on Earth. A moral is taught with each episode as the main character of each episode struggles to make a tough life decision. »
- Randall Unger
Stapleton died of natural causes Friday (May 31) at her home in New York, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 90.
A native of New York City, Stapleton moved between stage, movie and TV roles in the 1950s and '60s, including both the Broadway and film versions of "Damn Yankees." That role helped her land the role of Edith Bunker in the classic CBS sitcom, which ran from 1971-79.
Stapleton won three Emmys for her role as Edith and was at the center of one of "All in the Family's" most memorable episodes, "Edith's 50th Birthday." The 1977 episode features Edith fending off a rapist who enters the Bunker home while the rest of the family is setting up a party for her next door.
She appeared briefly »
Jean Stapleton, who won three Emmys and charmed audiences as the “dingbat” Edith Bunker on the groundbreaking TV show “All in the Family,” died Friday in New York of natural causes. She was 90. Nearly 50 at the time, Stapleton had already worked onstage and in film and television for many years when she was cast by Norman Lear as the wife of Archie Bunker, played by Carroll O’Connor. Lear said, “This will be short and sweet. Never as sweet as I’d wish it to be if I took a month to write it. I only just learned that Jean Stapleton, our beloved Edith — or Edith, our beloved Jean Stapleton– has passed. Back in 1971, possibly the first time I was asked by a journalist ‘What is Jean Stapleton like, my reflexive response was: ‘She’s always where she is.’ I was surprised by my answer, never had the thought before »
- Pat Saperstein
Veteran actress Jean Stapleton, a three-time Emmy winner for her iconic portrayal of All in the Family‘s Edith Bunker, passed away at her New York City home on Friday, from natural causes, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 90.
Stapleton’s television career began in the 1950s, with appearances on Starlight Theatre, Lux Video Theatre and The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse. She went on to guest-star on several series, including Dennis the Menace, Dr. Kildare, Car 54 Where Are You? and My Three Sons, before settling into the role of outspoken, unapologetic bigot Archie Bunker’s wife in CBS’ All in the Family, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
When ABC gave its “Upfront” presentation and announced its 2013-14 schedule two weeks ago, I told you about the return of Once Upon a Time and The Neighbors, and about upcoming series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
At the time I didn’t include new series Resurrection because, frankly, the trailer seemed a little too Touched By an Angel to be something we’d cover. Now that I’ve screened the pilot, I may have been premature. May have been. As with Touch and Awake and A Gifted Man before it, I’ve decided to give this one the benefit of the doubt. I’m hoping it will be more like Awake than like the other two; we’ll see. I really like the pilot, though, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes next.
Here’s the synopsis and the trailer. »
- Erin Willard
By Amelia Mularz
Nope, Mel Gibson's not involved. This one's all Mark Burnett, the producer who's partly to blame for giving Donald Trump his own show ("The Apprentice"), as well as Sarah Palin ("Sarah Palin's Alaska"), and his wife Roma Downey of "Touched by an Angel" fame. They're taking their 10-part TV miniseries for the History Channel and re-cutting it into a three-hour movie to be released this fall.
That means you'll be able to enjoy the story of Jesus and his resurrection the way God truly intended: with your feet resting on a Mountain Dew-saturated floor while clutching a box of Goobers. Plus, while heading to church can be a hassle (c'mon Sunday is for football!), Burnett's movie will give you a reasonable dose of the biblical for a measly $10-$14 "donation" to your nearest corporately operated, mass movie theater chain.
Then again, Burnett says they haven't settled »
- MTV Movies Team
When it comes to weekend TV, many nets seem content with humming the lyrics from an old Sam Cooke song: “Another Saturday night, and I ain’t got nobody.” Ad buyers wish they would sing a different tune.
AMC’s recent decision to shift broadcasts of its Western -themed drama “Hell on Wheels” to Saturday from Sundays, the network’s premier showcase night for original series, has given some advertisers hope that the major nets will consider the night something of a new frontier.
“I think we’re just past the point of all the networks not even trying,” said Sam Armando, senior VP and director of strategic intelligence at SMGx, a media-intelligence unit of Publicis Groupe. AMC’s move, Armando added, could mean the beginnings of a change in strategy at the networks in which the night is seen as having the potential to attract big audiences and offering »
- Brian Steinberg
History's miniseries "The Bible" ended with a bang on Easter Sunday -- but it was no match for the zombies of AMC's "The Walking Dead," which also aired its season finale Sunday. The "Bible" finale drew 11.7 million total viewers -- an impressive number, but it still couldn't catch "The Walking Dead," which amassed 12.4 million total viewers. Also read: 'The Bible' Ratings Down a Bit After Obama-Devil Dustup The good news for "The Bible," which was executive produced by "Survivor" boss Mark Burnett and his wife, "Touched by an Angel" star Roma »
- Tim Kenneally
Although it was down a tick in the ratings on Palm Sunday, March 24 (10.3 million total viewers vs. 10.9 and 10.8 on the Sundays prior, respectively), History's "The Bible," a dramatic retelling that spans Genesis to Revelation, finishes out its run on Sunday, March 31 -- also Easter Sunday in the Christian world -- as an unqualified hit.
Of course, it didn't hurt that executive producer Mark Burnett -- of "Survivor," "The Apprentice" and "The Voice" fame, among others -- is a savvy marketer, or that he and wife Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel"), also an executive producer and starring in the role of the Virgin Mary, toured the country previewing the 10-hour miniseries to faith groups and giving endless interviews.
On top of that, by pure coincidence -- unless Burnett and Downey have deep-insider status at the Vatican -- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI resigned his office effective Feb. 28, meaning the Sunday that "The Bible" premiered, »
For Roma Downey, casting just the right actor to play the Son of God in the The Bible tested even her usually strong faith. "We actually were only six weeks away from beginning principal photography and we still had not cast the role of Jesus," Downey tells People of producing the hit History channel miniseries. "To say that we were anxious is an understatement." In desperation, Downey sent out an email to friends with the subject line "Looking for Jesus." "The prayer circle went out and the prayer was answered," the former Touched by an Angel star says of a »
- Patrick Gomez
Now playing on a TV near you, The Bible.Produced by Touched by an Angel actress Roma Downey and television producer Mark Burnett - who created Survivor, Celebrity Apprentice and The Voice - the 10-hour History channel docudrama began Sunday night. The series premiered to 13.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, making it cable television's no. 1 entertainment telecast of the year. Based on biblical texts from Genesis to Revelation, the History channel says the "unforgettable stories unfold through live action and cutting-edge computer-generated imagery, offering new insight into famous scenes and iconic characters." »
- Maggie Coughlan
The miniseries’ two-hour cable network premiere was seen by 13.1 million viewers and scored a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49. That’s more viewers and a higher demo rating than any show on the major broadcast networks last night and ranks as cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year. If you include the show’s repeat, the viewership rises to 14.8 million for the night.
“The success of The Bible has catapulted History into one of the most powerful brands across media landscape and »
- James Hibberd
History took on perhaps its most ambitious project to date with a ten-hour dramatization of "The Bible." The series will air over five weeks and promises to cover virtually every story of significance from both the Old and New Testaments. Appropriately enough, it began with the opening lines from "Genesis." In this instance, the Creation story was being told by Noah to his children while they were rocking on the waters during the Great Flood.
From there, the narrative shifted back to Abraham, moving forward to Moses and on from there. While there is occasional narration, the bulk of the story is told through dramatized scenes with actors. It's clear from the beginning that this is a project very close to the hearts of producers Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel").
The couple said they were inspired to tell "the story of God's love for his people. »
- The Huffington Post
Each Christmas and Easter season, History and other cablenets air a number of documentaries on various aspects of the Bible, usually featuring talking-head experts and iffy-looking dramatic re-creations.
Often these productions take a skeptical look at the historicity or accuracy or veracity of biblical accounts, as if the last thing in the world a documentary would want to be seen doing is taking anything in the Bible at face value.
But skepticism was the last thing on the minds of reality TV mogul Mark Burnett ("The Apprentice," "Survivor") and his wife, actress Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel"), when they set out as executive producers of "The Bible," airing Sundays from March 3 to March 31, which is Easter Sunday this year.
Joined by their faith and a love for the sacred writings of Judaism and Christianity, they have spearheaded a 10-hour, five-part dramatic series that spans the Old and New Testaments, »
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are bracing themselves for reaction to their ambitious, 10- hour History Channel adaptation of the Bible that launches this Sunday night (3/3) and runs through Easter. “I’m sure people will hurl what they want to hurl,” the “Touched by an Angel” actress told us. But, she added, the miniseries was made “with full hearts.” Certainly the Burnetts and the History Channel are putting their all into pulling viewers into “The Bible,” with a full court press of promotion including: advance screenings in theaters and sports arenas; plugs from faith leaders including Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes and Maya Angelou; a huge array of support materials available to churches and individuals; a webinar; a You Tube video in which Roma asks believers to pray for the miniseries; even a kit for hosing Bible viewing parties (http://www.outreach.com/campaigns/the-bible-resources). “We’ve had scholars and theologians help. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Beck / Smith)
On TV this Sunday: History’s Vikings quest begins; Mark Burnett’s Bible out-prays, out-sacrifices and out-miracles all other miniseries; Californication is a dope show; The Good Wife‘s Elsbeth gets crafty; and Red Widow begins to mourn. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
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- Kimberly Roots
Hollywood power couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who are producing a History Channel series called "The Bible," penned a glib op-ed Thursday in The Wall Street Journal advocating for the Bible to be taught in American's public schools.
"It's time to encourage, perhaps even mandate, the teaching of the Bible in public schools as a primary document of Western civilization," they wrote, adding that it should be done "for the sake of the nation's children."
The column argues that the Bible deserves a place in U.S. public schools because it is "the most influential book of all time," but is not currently taught in schools because of "the powers that be."
Burnett, who is originally from England, is the producer of a number of popular TV series including "Survivor" and "The Celebrity Apprentice." Downey, who is originally from Ireland, is an actor and producer best known for her »
- The Huffington Post
Since ending her nine-season run as divorcée/single mom Ann Romano on CBS’ groundbreaking One Day at a Time, Franklin guested on series such as Touched By an Angel, Hot in Cleveland and, most recently, The Young and the Restless.
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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